Matthews’ Father, Son Join Rare NFL Company

Being the highest-drafted player in the Matthews family has secured the Falcons’ recent No. 1 pick some bragging rights, even on his Hall of Fame father, but it also put Jake and his dad, Bruce, in some rare company.

Matthews became the 10th son of a Pro Football Hall of Fame player or coach to be drafted into the league. He’s the fourth son of a Hall of Famer to be selected in the first round. Chris and Kyle Long and Kellen Winslow were the others.

HALL OF FAME FATHER (Year Inducted) DRAFTED SON(S) (Team, Year)
LB Bobby Bell (1983) LB Bobby Bell, Jr. (N.Y. Jets, 1984)
RB Tony Dorsett (1994) CB Anthony Dorsett (Houston, 1996)
QB Bob Griese (1990) QB Brian Griese (Denver, 1998)
G Russ Grimm (2010) S Cody Grimm (Tampa Bay, 2010)
DT Howie Long (2000) DE Chris Long (St. Louis, 2008)G Kyle Long (Chicago, 2013)
G Bruce Matthews (2007) T Jake Matthews (Atlanta, 2014)
RB-DB/Coach Don Shula (1997) QB Mike Shula (Tampa Bay, 1987)
T Jackie Slater (2001) WR Matthew Slater (New England 2008)
TE Kellen Winslow (1995) TE Kellen Winslow (Cleveland, 2004)